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Northern Illinois Food Bank and Prairie Farms Dairy have been recognized with a 2015 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award honorable mention for Outstanding Achievement in Community Partnerships in Washington, D.C.   

The food bank and the Carlinville-based dairy company partnered to create the Milk 2 My Plate program, which ensures that a fresh supply of milk, ordinarily a rare offering at food pantries, is available to families that rely on the food pantry to make ends meet. Since 2012, the program has supplied more than 3 million servings of milk to food pantries in its network.

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